Ko Aung Chay

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Most people are making jewellery with machines, but you can appreciate something that is handmade as a work of art. I find a piece more valuable when it is made by hand. Handmade work has qualities that a machine can never reproduce, there are thousands of variations that make a piece unique. An imprint of the creator that is forever part of it. Yangon inspires me, it is a vibrant, ever changing city. Full of life. I have a wife and two beautiful children, before I came to the workshop, I planned to move to Japan so I could support them, but in the end I chose to work with Turquoise Mountain. Knowing that I am helping to preserve my culture fills me with pride.